The Department of Homeland Security told election officials in 21 states Friday their election systems were hacked in September of 2016, per the AP.
Data: AP reports, Department of Homeland Security; Cartogram: Axios Visuals via Associated Press. Data as of Sept. 22, 6pm.
- Government officials told the AP they believe the hackers were Russian agents.
- In most cases the systems were not breached.
- Most of the states heard Friday for the first time of this hacking.
Why it matters: That's direct confirmation from the government that it believes Russian agents tried to hack the election.